Research projects in the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments
An overview of our key research themes and related projects.
Current research projects
Wellcome trust – Our planet, our health award (2016-2019) - Factoring long-term health impacts into urban development
This project will quantify current and future health costs and benefits of urban environments, helping to make health impacts a priority in urban development planning.
What the project will do
- Conduct a literature survey to quantify the health costs and benefits of different aspects of urban environments.
- Use this economic information to gain a better understanding of how to create healthy urban environments.
- The researchers will collaborate with urban development agencies – such as city authorities – to explore barriers and opportunities for such work.
- A panel of experts in urban development, policy and impact will support the research.
ESRC Seminar Series
Re-uniting Planning and Health: tackling the implementation gaps in evidence, governance and knowledge, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
The ESRC has funded a major interdisciplinary seminar series with an overall aim of considering how public health can contribute to urban planning and the delivery of healthy sustainable communities. This series offers a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss the obstacles to reuniting planning and health and identify workable and economically viable solutions that help deliver health outcomes, wellbeing and equity in cities and neighbourhoods.
Find out more about the ESRC Seminar Series.
Public Health England
Healthy People Healthy Places Evidence Tool – Evidence and Practical Linkage for Design, Planning, Policy and Health
Public Health England has commissioned a literature review on the impacts of the built environment on health as well as a series of practical diagrams that illustrate the linkages, and strength of evidence, between spatial planning and health.
For more information, please contact Paul Pilkington, Department of Health and Social Sciences,
+44 (0)117 32 88860
Examples of past projects
Some examples of past projects within WHO Collaborating Centre:
Healthy planning audit: South West Public Health/South Gloucestershire District Council
This project involved the development of a methodology which will facilitate an audit of local authorities to establish the level of individual understanding about health and the degree to which health is considered and prioritised in processes and decisions.
Integration of health into the planning system: seven reviews of evidence for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
The purpose of the research was to find evidence from UK and overseas experiences on the methods used for integrating health into the spatial planning process and their effectiveness and cost effectiveness.
World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre
As one of only two WHO Collaborating Centres in the world situated in a built environment faculty we are recognised as a leader in the emerging field of healthy urban planning.
Research centres and groups at UWE Bristol
Browse UWE Bristol's portfolio of research areas, expertise, staff and publications.